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nation. jimmy, tell 'em why. >> we begin with this breaking news from the supreme court. doma, the defense of marriage act, ruled unconstitutional. >> doma a law that's been on the books for 17 years has been struck down in a 5-4 ruling which means couples married in one of the states where same-sex marriage is legal will have the rights and protections to are currently provided to opposite-sex married couples under the federal law. >> the defense of marriage act is finally dead and gone. >> stephen: the defense of marriage act is dead. [ cheers and applause ] traditional... like my audience, i clap when i'm afraid. traditional marriage is now as defenseless as a freshman frat pledge about to go through the spanking machine. so straight married people, listen up. if a gay charges your marriage you're going to want to puff yourself up, make yourself seem bigger, try to frighten it off by talking in a firm, loud voice about pleated denim or jimmy buffet. it's going to be okay. it will scare 'em off. folks, i for one cannot believe the court threw out doma. it was passed in 1996
challenge to the defense of marriage act known as doma signed into law by president clinton. doma defines marriage as being between a man and woman and benefits go to only a man and a woman traditional couples. the challenge to california's proposition 8 approved by golden state voters in november of 2008 by a vote of 52-48%. that challenge by two california same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses under that law, they claim it violates the 14th amendment to the constitution. there is a possibility the justices do not even get to the merits of these cases. can that happen? >> reporter: it can happen. in both of these cases. prop 8 is a state measure and doma was passed by congress. when it came time to defend these two measures in court. in both cases the government officials who would be responsible for defending them said we are not going to do it. in the prop 8 case there were supporters of prop 8 case, they took up the case. in the matter of doma house members took up defense of the law. but neither one of those parties defending those two measures don't have the proper stan
. >> reporter: outside the court building, supporters of gay marriage erupted at the first decision. >> doma's down, doma's unconstitutional! >> reporter: the justices had struck down a key section of the "defense of marriage act" or doma. that section of the 1996 law, signed by president clinton, defines marriage as "one man and one woman", and it bars same-sex couples from collecting federal marriage-related benefits. but the majority, led by justice anthony kennedy, found those provisions are unconstitutional. kennedy wrote: the court left intact a separate provision that lets a state refuse to recognize a same-sex union from another state. still, for gay rights supporters, the overall decision was welcome news. >> i'm very proud today of our supreme court's decision. it's very, very personal and i'm deeply appreciative. >> reporter: a smaller group of gay marriage opponents deplored the decision. >> well i'm disappointed in the ruling. i believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and i'm afraid that this ruling will affect the definition of marriage so that if it's not betwee
this week is there, celebrating. and we begin this breaking news from the supreme court. doma, the defense of marriage act, ruled unconstitutional. california's proposition 8, dead. let's first dig into that defeat on doma. the court in a 5-4 ruling finding it a violation of equal protection. and therefore, discriminatory. we're expecting a statement any minute now from the president. we'll have it for you when we get it. and in proposition 8, the court deciding it cannot take up that case and finds the two couples involved did not have legal standing to bring the case. still, this is seen as a huge victory. it effectively kills proposition 8. means that marriage equality can now resume in california. here is the attorney for one of the plaintiffs just moments ago. >> today, the court said that i am more equal, that we are more equal, our love is just like our parents' and our grandparents' and that any children we may have in the future will be more secure. i look forward to growing old with the man i love. our desire to marry has only deepened the last four years, as has our love and com
that doma is unconstitutional as a matter of equal protection meaning it's discriminatory. if the supreme court struck it down on a narrow basis, by saying the federal government doesn't have the power and it's for the state, but this is not narrow. the supreme court is saying the federal government cannot make distincttions between same-sex and opposite couples in terms of what marriages the federal government will recognize, this is an opinion that can be used by proponents of same-sex marriage to attack laws in other states. so it's a significant ruling from the supreme court. we're still waiting for the decision on california's proposition 8. i would say that based on the size of this ruling, and the size of the dispense, that it's going to take the justices a long time to read their opinions from the bench. i would guess that they will read their discents as well. we have a period to wait here before we get the other decision. >> pete, i just want to mention, obviously we are hearing reaction and seeing reaction in washington and elsewhere. i know that the court people camped out ove
of marriage act. and it's worth mentioning all four supreme court justices who voted to keep doma are all men who wear long black dresses. and the filibuster that would stop the ban in texas state. we'll point out how jesus was anti-death penalty but never mentioned abortion. but that's only if you believe what is in the bible. and the daily show creator and emmy winner rick overton. today is the birthday of derek jeter and mick jones of the clash, and it is the ten-year anniversary of the supreme court ruling that sodomy laws are unconstitutional. i'm so happy i'm going to go straight marriage. this is "viewpoint." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: good evening i'm john fugelsang. thank you so much for joining us. this is "viewpoint." so how often do you get to say the supreme court handed down two important decisions today and the crowd went wild? [ cheering ] >> john: i haven't seen people that happy since the supreme court made milli vanilli give back the grammy. the crowd ruled after the court ruled in favor of gay couples rights to get married and enjoy the same federal benefits and responsibi
're legally married. if scotus decides doma is unconstitutional, it may do so not as a violation of gay couples civil rights but as an infringement on state's rights. the second case has to do with prop 8 here in california which bans same-sex marriage. the hill reporting the court has five options when it comes to prop 8. the first two are straightforward. it can uphold the ban or refuse to rule on procedural grounds. they ways the court can strike down the ban. one, it can say it is unconstitutional which would then make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. two, it can say california has afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples with the exception of including the word "marriage" itself which makes the ban null and void and extends rights to about eight other states. finally, it could strike down prop eight in a way that only affects california sending a message the court is for marriage equality but states should have a right to decide for themselves. >> huge kudos to texas state senator wendy davis for last night's fill bust they're stopped a restrictive abortion bill from pas
there are those of us who are disappointed with the court's action on doma, while others say others of us say yay, another tooth has been extracted from the federal monster. on proposition 8, the question of whether the people will get to decide for themselves how marriage will be practiced in their states appears to await another day. and that's a good question to pursue. we're disappointed in the short-term results and the short-term questions that remain unsettled, but the public conversation continues and that's a good thing. one thing true about today's court's decisions on marriage. they do not change the biblical or timeless truth of the nature of marriage as between a man and a woman. but just as importantly, for christians of traditional faith, like evangelicals for whom i speak, today's decisions are an invitation to look at the reality of same-sex couples and families differently through the lens of god's love to seek and minister with grace to all people. the gospel is open to all regardless of their sexual orientation or the configuration of their families. this is a challenge that o
's action on dilma, while others say, yeah eight. doma, while others say, beenanother tooth has extracted from the federal monster. on proposition 8, the question of whether the people will get to decide for themselves how marriage will be practice in their states appears to await another day. and that is a good question to pursue. there disappointed in short-term results. short-term questions that remain unsettled, but the public conversation continues and that is a good thing. today'sg a true about court decision on marriage -- they do not change the biblical or timeless truth of the nature of marriage as between a man and a woman. importantly, for christians of traditional faith, like evangelicals for whom i speak, today's decisions are an invitation to look at the reality of same-sex couples and amilies differently. through the lens of god's love, to seek and administer with grace and mercy to all people. to all,el is open regardless of their sexual orientation or the configuration of their families. this is a challenge that our folks need to meet. with prayer and god's wisdom, i know
is that doma goes away. that marriage is between two people that love each other. >> i'm hoping they leave prop 8 in place. i'm hoping they leave doma in place. >> up on the front, it says equal justice under law and that's what this really is about. >> so the real question now is, what kind of history will be made here? will this be a day people will remember, like roe v. wade or brown v. the board of education? i have truly an all-star panel. rachel maddow, host of the "rachel maddow show" here, joe green, professor, ken jioshino, president clinton's top adviser, and former president of equality matters. great to have you here. momentous day, rachel has there been a bigger day for gay rights? >> sometimes you don't know they're coming when they're coming. i'm not sure everyone thought lawrence v texas was going to be what it was. >> ten years ago today. >> hard to know. it is possible the supreme court justices will find a way to sort of split the baby here and come up with a decision that is not as consequence in either direction everyone is expecting. >> we are going to a special report. nb
. as we take a look of the possible outcomes here, the first opinion coming down is up from doma. there are four major possibilities air for proposition 8 outcome. three of them will rule that it is unconstitutional. the first ruling could possibly be a gay marriage legal nationwide. it is not like to eat right now. the second is that proposition 8 is rejected on more narrow grounds making gay marriage legal in california. we just heard doma ruled unconstitutional. let's see if someone is going to speak. 85 to 4 ruling for equal protection. doma signed into law stating that for legal purposes of man and woman federally. and a sweeping decision, the supreme court ruling that the defense about marriage act, a federal law is unconstitutional. that is the first rolling to come down. they are saying that doma is unconstitutional as the deprivation of in california we are waiting for proposition 8. what was that it over to james. it will probably be a few more minutes before we get the information coming out. you can hear the cheers here in washington on the steps of the supreme court.
in the states where they're legal. >> children born today will grow up in a world without doma. the same children who happen to be gay will be free to love and get married, as thea and i did, but with the same federal benefits, protections and dignities and everything else. >> pete williams has the decision we think was previewed. >> the supreme court has decided that it cannot take up the challenge to california's proposition 8, same sex marriage is now once again legal in the state of california. >> the president is on the line, from air force one, president obama. >> hello, mr. president, this is chris perry. >> we thank you for your support. >> we're proud of you guys and in california -- innaudible ]. ♪ that sometimes there are battles which are more than black or white ♪ >> so today is a good day? >> it's the day i finally get to look at the man that i love and finally say, will you please marry me? >> today the supreme court opened up same sex marriage once again in california. the most populated state in the country and ruled that any couple is legally married in their state,
striking down doma is the victory and the prop 8 ruling is sort of a punt because the court said that the sponsors of prop 8 lack standing, which leaves prop 8 to ultimately be decided in court. no matter what, there's a lot more work to be done when it comes to prop 8. >> today is a great day for american children and families. sandy and i want to say how happy we are, not only to be able to return to california and finally get married. >> today, i finally get to look at the man that i love and finally say, will you please marry me? >> nproponents of prop 8 are vey disappointed, they claim only the claim map thes in prop 8 can get married now because no one else was involved in the class action suit. >> the supreme court has no authority when it comes to the nature of marriage. that authority belonged to the creator whom our founders declared is the source of all our rights. the public conversation over marriage continues and that is a good thing. >> reporter: so, this is a huge step forward for marriage equality, but as you can see, there's a lot more work that needs to be done
which said proposition 8 was unconstitutional. >> okay. in the meantime, doma, the defense of marriage act, that opinion is coming down momentarily. we'll focus on this. we do have it. that is a 5-4 decision per justice kennedy. for details, stay with us. we'll following the scotus blog live right now. they could either be upholding in this 5-4, justice roberts dissent, scalia dissent, equal protection. won't try to digest that. this was a law passed by congress in 2006. it was strip federal marriage benefits from same-sex couples and requires interstate marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the u.s. >> now, we understand the ruling is 5-4. what we don't understand quite yet 5-4 in which direction. as soon as we find that out, we'll have interpretation from a usf law professor who's joined us this morning to figure all this out. she focuses and specializes on constitutional law, poverty law, and sexuality law. >> she's received numerous teacher of the year awards including the 2012 distinguished professor award at usf. what the situation is can gay married couples in s
the defensive marriage act. doma that denied benefits to same-sex couples. justice anthony kennedy said doma writes inequality into the code and justice skolia said it's one to elect change, it's for a court of law to impose change but judging those who oppose it as enemies of the human race. president obama while in route to africa applauded the doma decision and directed eric holder to review all federal laws related to today's ruling. constitutional law experts say that's just the beginning of impact in the real world. >> no so much in the workplace, for employers but employees who will benefit with social security, health insurance, state taxes. there are more than 1,000 federal laws that affect spouses and now gay coupling legally married can take care of those protections for their families, as well. >> reporter: a second ruling for california becoming the 13th state to legalize the marriage, much to the delight of cheers crowds in san francisco and the capital. a ruling struck down proposition eight which banned gay marriage in california back in 2008. the effect is to let california
passed by congress in 1996, the defense of marriage act known as doma. >> doma is dead. >> reporter: it blocked the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the states that allow them, depriving couples of more than 1,000 benefits that other married couples have. in a 5-4 ruling written by anthony kennedy, they said doma serves no legitimate government purpose and demeans those who are in a lawful same-sex marriage declaring their marriages are less worthy and humiliating tens of thousands of children raised by same-sex couples. eddie windsor, socked with a $360,000 tax bill, when her spouse died, leaving her the estate. doma blocked the irs from considering them married and exempt from estate taxes. >> we won everything we asked and hoped for. wow. i'm honored and humbled and overjoyed to be here today. >> reporter: in the second 5-4 decision, this time by chief justice roberts, the court tossed out an appeal involving california's proposition 8 passed by voters in 2008. it stopped same-sex marriage in california. the court said the people who put prop 8 on the bal
. the justices struck down doma the federal defense of marriage act. >>> we have live team coverage from the bay area to washington, d.c. and that's where we will begin with nbc bay area's cheryl hurd. >> reporter: some people stood in line up to 20 hours to get a seat inside the u.s. supreme court. anticipation was high but in the end not everyone was happy. >> how you doing? >> reporter: there were long lines waiting to secure the coveted seats inside the supreme court to hear today's ruling. once the few got in, the justices ruled doma unconstitutional. >> i applaud their efforts to take something that is discriminatory off the books. >> reporter: prop 8 was also invalidated and decided on a 5-4 vote. in the prop 8 case the justices ruled the defendants didn't have proper standing to argue on behalf of the ban and the defendants were defending prop 8 because the california officials refused to. >> thank the justices for letting us get married in california but it has to go nationwide. >> we look forward to using the word married and husband. those words do matter. they are important. >> repor
the truth that marriage is a union of one man and one woman." >>> today's other big ruling was on doma. cheers erupted outside the supreme court when the justices struck down a key part of doma. the ruling allows same-sex spouses to receive federal benefits in states where their marriage is legal. linda yi on the decision and the financial impact it will have. >> reporter: for the five-4 majority, justice kennedy said doma that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples have one purpose and one effect: to impose a disadvantage, a separate status, and so a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the stay." it tells those couples and awful the world that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. he said that violates constitutional guarantees of liberty, equality, and equal dignity. the ruling has immediate consequences. the law has written inequality into the entire united states code. more than 1,000 federal statutes and regulations are affected. not only federal tax laws but other laws r
decision. the 5-4 doma ruling was written by swing justice anthony kennedy who was joined by the four more liberal members of the court in arguing that the 1996 law was unconstitutional as a matter of equal protection under the law. kennedy wrote doma's is to protect a disadvantaged, separate status and so a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the state. the effect of the ruling is that the federal government must now recognize the same-sex marriages currently allowed by 12 states and the district of columbia. as a result of the court's other technical ruling on prop 8, those 12 states will now be joined by california bringing the total number of states allowing same-sex marriages to 13. david boyce reacted to the decision. >> this is a great day for america. today, united states supreme court in two important decisions, brings us that much closer to true equality. >> the president en route to africa released a tweet hailing the doma ruling saying today's doma ruling is a historic ruling #loveislove. he called the
for them. the supreme court also struck down the dpeens of marriage act or doma paving the way for federal recognition of smerjs. >> we're learning a federal appeals court will wait 25 days before allowing same-sex marriages to resume in california meant to give backers of prop 8 time to ask the supreme court to rehear the case f they do ask for a rehearing the court can continue to ban same-sex marriages longer. the plaintiffs say it's a victory for children of gay and lesbian couple as cross california. >> no platter where you live, what family you're in, you're equal. you're as good as your friend's parents and as your friends. >> supporters say they are disappointed. >> we remain committed to the continued enforcement of prop 8 until there is a state wide order saying other case. >> the supreme court ruled those supporters don't have standing to support in court but the court side stepped the question whether it violates the constitution. >> immediately following the court's decision theres way peak of 9188 tweets per minute. >> there was a big gathering at san francisco city hall. >>
doma after she received a $300,000 estate tax bill when her wife and partner of more than 40 years died. >> we won everything we asked and hoped for. wow. i'm honored and humbled and overjoyed to be here today to represent not only the thousands of americans whose lives have been adversely impacted by the defense of marriage act but those whose hopes and dreams have been constricted by the same discriminatory law. >> earlier today, the two gay couples who challenged california's voter approved ban on gay marriage were cheered as they walked down the steps of the supreme court building moments after the justices issued their ruling. >> today is a great day for american children and families. sandy and i want to say how happy we are not only to be able to return to california and finally get married, but to be able to say to the children in california, no matter where you live, no matter who your parents are, no matter what family you're in, you are equal, you are as good as your friends' parents and as your friends. >> today is a good day. it's the day i finally get to look at the man th
'll have to be back in front of the supreme court. let's not diminish the twin ruling -- doma and righting the wrong of proposition 8. >> i know you made a point of coming to san francisco to hear and celebrate the announcement this morning. what was that like for you? >> i haven't been back many times period. to go back with all the anxiety between the doma decision and waiting for that prop 8 decision and to see the faces of so many people whose lives were elevated and affirmed, not just members of the lgbt community, not just members of the gay communities, but their allies, their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, fathers, sons was a remarkable thing. >> where do we go from here in we still have about 25-30 days before same-sex marriages can resume in california. will that take place without a challenge? what do you think will happen in the next month or so? >> based on any history, none of this is easy. we've been on a journey and journeys are messy. i imagine the next few weeks will see subsequent litigation. some of the issues that pun dents have brought up on whether this impacts tw
. striking down a law passed by congress in 1996 the defense of marriage act known as doma. that blocked the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the states that allow them. depriving them of benefits that other married couples have. in a 5-4 ruling, the court said that doma serves no government purpose and it demeans those in a same-sex relationship. in the second 5-4 decision, this time by chief justice roberts the court tossed an appeal involving california's proposition 8 passed by voters in 2008. it stopped same-sex marriage in the state. the people who put it on the ballot had no right to appeal. for the two california couples who challenged the law that's the answer they wanted now, we'll be marry and we'll be kwal to every other family in california. >> reporter: their interview on msnbc was interrupted by a call from the president on air force one. >> we thank you so much for your support. >> you should be very proud of today and through your courage, you're helping out a whole lot of people everywhere. >> reporte >> i'm pleased that the court didn't constit
of the federal act doma. the justices dismissed an appeal over california's proposition 8. that means that same-sex marriage will be legal in that state. >> there's strong reaction to the rulings from both sides, not surprisingly, have a listen. >> this is about equality. that means marriages in my state and all over will be treated equally under more than 1100 provisions of federal law that use the term marriage or define benefits according to marriage. >> justice kennedy's opinion takes up to the brink of same-sex marriage. i believe that will be devastating. i believe marriage is a prepolitical institution and one of god's greatest gifts and it always has been and always must be the union of man and woman. >> joe johns joining us. let's start with the ruling on doma. what is it about doma that the justices considered unconstitutional? >> they said the defensive marriage act was unconstitutional because it deprived same-sex couples of equal protection under the fifth amendment and throughout history defining and regulating marriage has always been the province of the individual states. justic
the defeat of doma and prop eight or knowing that antonin scalia has to watch them too. this is the war room. i am michael shure. ♪ theme ♪ >> today was a historic day in our long struggle to allow everyone an equal shot at life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. the supreme court issued a pair of major victories for gay rights. first it struck down the defense of marriage act or doma ruling that allows same sex couples saying they are entitled to federal benefits. it declined to decide on the prop eight case, allowing same-sex marriage in california. let's take a closer look at that first ruling on thoma. the court struck down the federal law in a 5-4 decision. this case was brought by 84-year-old edie windsor who married her wife in canada after 42 years together. their home state of new york recognized the union but under doma, the federal government did not. they told their story in a documentary, a very long engagement. >> just couldn't take it anymore. i called an old friend of mine and said please take my case. somebody brought cia over, and we ended up dancing and we immediat
in this country following the supreme court's decision on doma and proposition 8. let's continue with julian epstein. doma struck down, but can you explain what happens with proposition 8 now? >> proposition 8 is remanded back to the circuit court and effectively that will circuit court decision stands. so effectively same-sex marriage is now the law of the state in the state of california. it would be wrong to say it was game, set and match on same-sex marriage today but it's getting very close to that. in the case of doma, what the court is saying once the state of new york grants the same-sex marriage to its citizens, the federal government cannot come in and rescind that right for the purposes of federal benefits. and it did so not on the basis of state rights but on the basis of equal protection. and so it is then hard to see on the remaining legal issues where you could see challenges and it would be on two things. one is on the two-thirds of states that the don't recognize same sex marriage and secondly the other part of the doma statute that the -- called the privileges and immunitie
get the benefits that the federal government would give them in their first state. all that the doma case this week says, if your married in a state and a resident of that state, the federal government has to treat you as married. but we have this untenable patchwork now. and sooner or later we're going to need some national solution to this. and my guess is that the supreme court will step in again down the road when there are more same-sex marriage states and maybe reach a different conclusion. >> so maybe somebody moves to a state like nevada and tries to get the benefits and can't. then they file a lawsuit on that ground. >> that might be the next step of the journey. that couple might say, it burdens my right to move around the united states to lose this valuable federal benefit. it's very incremental kind of a thing. >> you think it will take a judicial rather than political or legislative solution? >> well, one of the interesting things about justice kennedy's opinion in the doma case is, the first two-thirds of it talked about how marriage is a state, not a federal issue. so
-old brought the challenge to the defense of marriage act. up in then row grow world today with bill doma, and those children who happen to be gay will be able to grow up and be married, but with the same fedor protections and dignities as everyone else. what a glorious way to do it. she would be so pleased. >> we will be joined by a married couple in california that have worked for years to legalize same-sex marriage. then we speak to filmmaker yoruba richen about her new film and we willack" speak to her about her film "promised land" about land reform in south africa. and then, cecile richards, head of planned parenthood. sb5 is dead. >> that was cecile richards inside the texas state house after protesters blocked the passage of a bill that would have closed most of the state's abortion clinics. all that and more coming up. ? democracy now! the supreme court has paved the way for same-sex marriages to resume in california. in a 5-4 decision, the court ruled the defense of marriage act, signed by president clinton, is unconstitutional. this means legally married same- sex couples are e
down doma as unconstitutional. we were stunned. >> reporter:al alfonso garcia got a ticket crossing the bay bridge. >> i had nervous energy. it was amazing. >> it is difficult to have that in the back of your mind. they can separate me from my husband any time. >> he has been in the united states since he was a teen. the two married in new york in 2011. he cited doma with a green card. >> we should be equally protected by it. >> reporter: garcia and willingham have been together 12 years. he is confident that the judge will throw his case out and that he and his husband can focus on their lives rather than another country. >> i looked at him and said finally, you know, our marriage is valid and is being recognized by society and the government. so i feel we are equal. >> reporter: kron4news. >> doma was made into law in 1996. the rule on it now allows same- sex spouses to receive benefits. couples can file ]=<4órnjoint t returns and enjoyprivileges in the military. >>> an overhall of the immigration bill, it would clear the way for residents to have a chance at citizenship, attract
government's defense of marriage act or doma and proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage. in 5-4 decision the court struck down a key provision of doma saying it's a violation of the fifth amendment. the decision means federal benefits can no longer be denied to same-sex couples who marry in states that allow gay marriage. on prop 8 the justices ruled 5-4 that opponents of same-sex marriage in california do not have the ground to sue which clears the way for gay marriage in that state essentially. today's ruling let's stand an earlier decision by california's highest court that prop 8 is unconstitutional. we quickly want to give you a little background on both prop 8 and doma because these are words and terms you've heard for several years now. president clinton signed doma into law in 1996. it defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman for the sake of more than 1100 federal laws including estate taxes, social security, survivor benefits and healthcare benefits for federal employees. of it said no state is required to recognize 4 and out of state same-sex marriage, although that p
watchers thought that the justices would wait until the last minute to decide on doma and proposition 8. and those political can watchers were right. the plaintiffs in this case walked down the steps of the supreme court with their hands held high for victory. the defense of marriage act was struck down and proposition 8 invalidated again legalizing same-sex marriage in california. >> we are going to prove that marriage is a fundamental right and the other side accepted that. >> reporter: both cases decided on a 5-4 vote. doma was ruled unconstitutional. in the proposition 8 case the justices said the proponents of the initiative didn't have standing to enact. those proponents were defending proposition 8 because california officials refused to. >> we believe from the very beginning that the importance of this case was to send a message to the children of this country that you are just as good as everybody else no matter who you love, no matter who your parents love. >> reporter: while the crowd cheered the plaintiffs on those who fought to defend the idea that marriage is only between
on "nightline," down goes doma, by striking down the defense of marriage act, the highest court in the land expands the rights of gay americans like never before. our supreme court veteran has more on the reaction from the nation. >> hernandez. >> after the execution-style shooting, aaron hernandez fights for his freedom. we'll have the very latest. >>> and it is mayhem at wimbledon, as the grass is described as greasy, some taking . >>> from new york city, this is "nightline." with bill weir. >> good evening, thank you for joining us tonight. well, for those who believe that equality for gay americans is the civil rights struggle of our time, this is a day on par with the emancipation proclamation. of course, there are many who disagree with the court's decision to overtur n the defense of marriage act, so what happened today? and where does america go from here? here is my "nightline" co-anchor, terry moran. >> ♪ make them hear you. >> it was gay day at the supreme court this morning, with repercussions ripping across the nation. the justices struck down the defense of marriage act, or
. >> reporter: crowds cheered the supreme court's decision to strike down the center piece of doma the part that denied gay couples federal marriage rights. >> we got so much support today. >> reporter: the justice the left section two of doma intact. it says states do not have to recognize gay marriages from other states. a gay marriage certified in california would be meaningless in the 31 states that ban same- sex unions. unacceptable, barbara boxer told us. >> those marriages should be recognized in all the states. >> reporter: and senator diane feinstein says there's another reason all of doma has to go. congress has to wipe it off the books to give gay couples the 1100 federal rights the supreme court just granted them. boxer agrees. >> it would make it far better, just get rid of this whole issue and say it's the right of everyone to marry whom they want. >> reporter: they introduced an act to repeal all of doma. they call it the respect for marriage act. it already has 41 senators supporting it. 161 house members. it's hard to see how the respect for marriage act will get very far h
as well. >> reporter: crowds cheered the supreme court's decision to strike down the center piece of doma the part that denied gay couples federal marriage rights. >> we got so much support today. >> reporter: the justice the left section two of doma intact. it says states do not have to recognize gay marriages from other states. a gay marriage certified in california would be meaningless in the 31 states that ban same- sex unions. unacceptable, barbara boxer told us. >> those marriages should be recognized in all the states. >> reporter: and senator diane feinstein says there's another reason all of doma has to go. congress has to wipe it off the books to give gay couples the 1100 federal rights the supreme court just granted them. boxer agrees. >> it would make it far better, just get rid of this whole issue and say it's the right of everyone to marry whom they want. >> reporter: they introduced an act to repeal all of doma. they call it the respect for marriage act. it already has 41 senators supporting it. 161 house members. it's hard to see how the respect for marriage act will get v
handed down on prop 8 and doma. not only acknowledging this as a victory but say there is more work owe to do until there is marriage equality. this is part of a national movement and organizers say they're not sure what will happen in the state senate bans may marriage but wants everyone to recognize the victory, come out, celebrate your brothers and sister who's fought for equality n oakland abc 7 news. >> now, abc 7 news reporter david louie in san jose just getting underway there. david? >> that is right. san jose zrnt a large visible community such as castro district but tonight does have the plaza. you can see a growing crowd gathered to celebrate the decision, they're estimating about 300 to 400 people here. the president of the -- board of supervisors is here and as well as some city council members. this is being sponsored by a political action group called bay mac as well as other, smaller organizations. santa clara county announced it's ready to resume once getting the go go head straight attorney general. >> back to sky 7 in san francisco. this is the big celebration getting
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